It's almost Halloween!

It’s that most wonderful time of the year: Halloween! As an avid lover of all things fall and Halloween, this is by far my favorite time of the year. I love costumes and being able to dress up as some of my favorite characters. This year I’m planning to cosplay as Roadhog, from Overwatch. If you’re as into costumes as me, come check out some of our books to help you take your costume to the next level!

New this year, The hero's closet : sewing for cosplay and costuming, is a great intro book to cosplay and costume making. It has a lot of helpful beginner steps if you’ve never tried to make your costume before.

Epic cosplay costumes : a step-by-step guide to making and sewing your own costume designs is another great reference for all of the parts of costume making. With cute advice notes from the author, this book is a great start to becoming your favorite character.

For a more basic guide that you can use with items around your house, check out: Halloween : a grown-up's guide to creative costumes, devilish decor & fabulous festivities. This book centers more on simple designs and standard Halloween costumes. It also includes some tips for spooky home décor!

Here's a cute costuming book for the younger costumers among us: Creating Halloween crafts. It has fun craft ideas for decoration and costumes that might be fun for the whole family!

These next two books are probably the best for my costume. If you’re into characters with fancy and elaborate weapons, these two will help you learn how to design your own, much lighter, versions.

Make : props and costume armor : create realistic science fiction and fantasy weapons, armor, and accessories is written by a master prop maker, and goes into details for both armor and weaponry. It is a very in-depth collection of ideas using everything from simple foam to 3D printing.

In another recent release, The costume making guide : creating armor & props for cosplay, you’ll find all of the steps to take your idea and turn it into a full costume. The author guides you through each part of costume making whether you need armor, weaponry, or other outfit parts.

Looking forward to seeing all of the ideas everyone reading this comes up with! Hopefully I’ve given you a bit of inspiration. Now to get back to making my hook…

Crocheted Beaded Bracelets!

Friday November 3, 2017: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Local crafter Beth Battey returns for this unique hands-on workshop.

Using very small crochet hooks, make your own beaded bracelet. Be warned, once you make one you'll be hooked and want to keep making them!

All supplies are provided. Previous experience with crochet is required.

This is a detailed, time consuming project that will take the entire time to complete.

Beginning Crochet With Beth Battey

Saturday November 11, 2017: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Want to start making your own handmade items for yourself or as gifts?

Local crafter Beth Battey will get you started in the wonderful world of crochet with a basic beginner's project. Supplies are provided.

Popsicle Stick Flashlight

Saturday November 25, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Make your own flashlight! This hands-on project uses a battery, an LED light, and simple circuits.

Soda Tab Flower

Thursday November 30, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Create a gorgeous little DIY Soda Tab Flower you can knock together in minutes!

It’s a pretty cool way of making good use of soda-can tabs that would otherwise just find their way into the trash – we just love a project that allows you to make something special out of nothing at all.

Origami with Beth Johnson

Tuesday October 17, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn to create origami with local designer Beth Johnson. Beth has exhibited her work and spoken about origami around the world.

To see more of her designs, visit her website.

Origami with Beth Johnson

Tuesday September 19, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn to create origami with local designer Beth Johnson. Beth has exhibited her work and spoken about origami around the world.

To see more of her designs, browse her website

Preschool ArtStart

Monday November 20, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2–5, siblings welcome

Preschoolers can make art, too!

Join us for fun crafts for children age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Preschool ArtStart

Monday October 23, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for age 2–5, siblings welcome

Preschoolers can make art, too!

Join us for fun crafts for children age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Preschool ArtStart

Monday September 25, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2–5, siblings welcome

Preschoolers can make art, too!

Join us for fun crafts for children age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

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